August 23, 2017


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Daniel J. Headrick, MD

Medical Director and Co-Founder – Mission Pacific Coast Recovery

Daniel Headrick, M.D. is the Medical Director and Co-Founder of the Mission Pacific Coast Recovery. Unlike most treatment center Medical Directors, Dr. Headrick does not maintain a private practice but instead dedicates all of his time to the care and treatment of the patients of Mission Pacific Coast Recovery. This unique commitment of time establishes a standard of care that is rarely matched in any other treatment setting.

As Medical Director, Dr. Headrick oversees the treatment of more than 800 patients per year, managing their withdrawal from alcohol and other substances. He provides a very individualized approach, including acupuncture, lectures, and counseling. He tailors treatment strategies to each patient, based upon their coexisting medical conditions, types of drugs to which they are addicted, length of addiction, and emotional well being. With 22 years experience in Addiction Medicine, Dr. Headrick has treated more than 13,000 inpatients.

Active in the community, Dr. Headrick frequently lectures on drugs and addiction and pain and addiction to audiences as diverse as school students, physician groups, treatment professionals, church groups, business executives, and medical students at University of California, Irvine Medical School.

Dr. Headrick Received his medical degree from the University of California, Los Angeles Medical School. He had a solo family practice for 15 years. Dr. Headrick is further distinguished by his post graduate certification from the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) in 1988.

Prior to opening the Mission Pacific Coast Recovery, Dr. Headrick was the Medical Director of the Hoag Hospital Chemical Dependency Center for 11 years. He has also served as Medical Director of the Chemical Dependency Unit at Charter Hospital in Corona California and the primary attending physician at the former Genesis Program at South Coast Medical Center. In addition to his position as Medical Director of the Mission Pacific Coast Recovery. Dr. Headrick is an associate professor at the University of California, Irvine Medical School.

Steven Collier, RN

Executive Director and Co-Founder Mission Pacific Coast Recovery

Steven Collier RN, is one of the co founders of the Mission Pacific Coast Recovery. He has been working in the chemical dependency / behavioral health field since serving as a command Drug Exemption Officer in the U.S. Navy in the 1970’s. A graduate of California State University Los Angeles and Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, Steve has held a Registered Nursing License since the early 1980’s, and is a certified chemical dependency nurse.

Steve gained a love for the addiction recovery field while working for the Care Units (Adult and Adolescent) at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and at the Alpha Unit at Glendale Memorial Hospital. He served in Nursing Leadership roles at the Alcohol and Drug Treatment Center (ADTC) at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center and at the Loma Linda University Behavioral Medicine Center Recovery Services Unit. While establishing the Recovery Services unit at Loma Linda in 1991, Steve was part of the clinical team that first developed protocols for the treatment of addicted pain patients within a chemical dependency recovery setting. This landmark work has opened the doors to recovery for chronic pain patients dealing with the nightmare of addiction. After identifying a talent in developing and opening hospital based treatment centers, Steve starting his own business in 1994, and was contracted to open and manage treatment centers at San Antonio Community Hospital in Upland and the Knollwood Center in Riverside California. In 2001, Steve partnered with the pioneering Addictionist Joseph Galletta, MD, and opened the Hemet Valley Recovery Center successfully in 2001. Developing skills in psychiatric services, Steve also directed the opening of the 31 bed Center for Behavioral Medicine Unit at Moreno Valley Community Hospital. In 2006, a partnership was formed between Steve and Daniel Headrick, MD to create the Mission Pacific Coast Recovery. Through the strength of this partnership and the unmatched skill and talent of the leadership and clinical team, Mission Pacific Coast Recovery is truly a special place for healing.

Tony Marquez

Vice President of Business Development

Tony Marquez is the Vice President of Business Development for Mission Pacific Coast Recovery. Tony has over eighteen years of chemical dependency experience and an extensive background in managed behavioral health care, substance abuse treatment facilities and employee assistance programs. He has held a variety of high profile marketing and account management positions for leading companies both on the provider and the payer side. Tony feels there is no greater honor then being a part of witnessing patients and there families recover and heal from the grips of addiction and bondage.

If you would be interested in a site visit, touring Mission Pacific Coast Recovery and meeting our team please arrange with Tony.

Christopher Knippers, PhD

Program Director

Christopher Knippers is a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology who has specialized in the treatment of Chemical Dependency for more than 15 years. He brings his experience from his many years at Betty Ford Center, Chapman University, and his training in numerous specialized fields to his position as Program Director at Mission Pacific Coast Recovery. Dr. Knippers is widely published in professional and popular media. Forged from his own life experiences, he has developed a great passion for helping people from all walks of life find healing and hope in the challenges that they face in their recovery journey.

June E Thompson, RN

Clinical Nurse Manager

June received her Registered Nursing degree from Mountainside Hospital School of Nursing in Montclair, New Jersey, and has a background in Medical Surgical Nursing. Her 40 year nursing career encompasses many years of experience in the areas of Behavioral Health and Chemical Dependency, working with adult and adolescent populations challenged with depression, schizophrenia, eating disorders, addictions and various affective disorders. The last few years June’s focus has been on Chemical Dependency and Addiction Medicine.

As Clinical Nurse Manager, June oversees all functions of the Mission Pacific Coast Recovery Nursing Staff, and is dedicated to exemplary Nursing practice and excellent patient care.

Mary Command-Gigliotti, LVN

Intake Coordinator

Mary came to Mission Pacific Coast Recovery with many years of experience in the Chemical Dependency field, both professionally and personally. Mary has been a Licensed Vocational Nurse for 18 years and has a passion for helping individuals and families in the recovery process. Professionally she has also worked as a holistic massage therapist and a nurse counselor. She brings compassion and a depth of understanding to the addiction and chronic pain patients and she is the first to welcome them to Mission Pacific Coast Recovery so as to make their admission as comfortable as possible.

Michelle Metzler, NCTRC

Recreation Therapist

Recreation Therapy utilizes a wide range of interventions and techniques to improve and restore physical, social, cognitive, emotional and spiritual needs to create lifelong wellness.

Michelle holds a bachelor’s degree and National Certification in Recreation Therapy and has worked in the mental health and chemical dependency field for 15 years. She also holds a fitness specialist certification from University of California, Irvine, as well as an extensive background and training in music and dance. Having studied extensively in the areas of medical/clinical hypnotherapy, guided imagery, spirituality, neurolinguistic programming and massage therapy, Michelle offers a wealth of knowledge and experience. With a love for life and compassion for those in the recovery process, she creatively fosters healing from the heart, incorporating spirituality, art, music and dance. She has served as a vocalist for the Saddleback Master Chorale for the past seven years and serves on its Board of Directors. Her current project is writing her first musical score for an International Festival Fall 2008.